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Comments on Whirlwind nominaiton121:36, 29 September 2011

Comments on Whirlwind nominaiton

The citation needs a bit of revision. It currently reads "....was developed in this building...." and it should read something like "...was developed in building XXX..." because buildings have a bad habit of either being destroyed by fire or occasionally torn down when something else needs to be erected. (the brass plaques occasionally have to be moved).

In the historic significance section the last sentence reads "....and widely used in large computers." They were also used in small computers - should it not read something like "...and widely used in large numbers of computers."?

Under History section there is a remark about "J. W. Forrester invented random-access...." No problem that Forrester got a patent on the device, but so did several others (An Wang from Harvard,Dudley Buch, Jan Rajchman, and Frederick Viehe) who played some part in the development from a vague concept to a working reality.

Can you rephrase this to something other than "invented" which sounds like he was the only person involved.

Later on in the History section you say "By late 1951, the computer Whirlwind was operational..." Should not it be "Whirlwind computer" rather than computer Whirlwind?

"The U.S. Air Force provided substantial financial support for Whirlwind applications and it was..." perhaps "it" should be replaced by "Whirlwind" so as to avoid confusion with the USAF?

Mrwilliams22:06, 28 September 2011
 

Rather than referring in general to the business and minicomputers that subsequently utilized the random access magnetic core memories, might a specific example of each be included such as the IBM 704 in 1956?

Mort Hans

W2ots21:36, 29 September 2011